Hassan Again Vetoes Concealed Carry Bill

May 28, 2016

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. File photo.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

  Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed guns as expected. 

Hassan vetoed a similar bill last year, but Republicans have once again sent the measure to her desk.

Hassan is facing off against Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in one of the country's most competitive Senate contests.

New Hampshire law requires anyone who wants to carry a concealed gun to get a license from their local police department.

Officers have discretion to determine if someone is "suitable" to carry concealed. Hassan says the existing law works well and preserves public safety.